Volkswagen is introducing on the dawn of the Beijing Auto Show the T-Prime Concept GTE which paves the way for a fullsize SUV packed with technology.

Back in 2014, VW introduced the T-Roc concept, which will morph into a Golf-sized production crossover. Last month in Geneva, the folks from Wolfsburg revealed the T-Cross Breeze which is set to spawn a Polo-class crossover. Now, for the Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen has prepared the T-Prime Concept GTE, set to act as a precursor for a fullsize SUV. All of these new additions to VW’s SUV range will join the upcoming seven-seat Tiguan, production-ready CrossBlue, and the next-gen Touareg.

The cream of the crop in terms of SUV offerings from Volkswagen is being previewed by this, the T-Prime Concept GTE described as “one of the most advanced cars in the world.” As we discussed in the article with the teaser images, the concept is not that far off from being transformed into a production model. It looks quite imposing with its wide chrome front grille and flared wheel arches housing massive 22-inch wheels wrapped in 285/40 tires.

At 199.6 inches (5.06 meters) long, the concept is 0.4 inches (1 cm) longer than the now defunct Phaeton. Being a plug-in hybrid, it is no wonder the vehicle hosts a pair of C-shaped LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. Light-emitting diodes were also used for both headlight and taillight clusters to give the fullsize SUV a high-tech look continued on the inside.

Speaking of which, the four-seater cabin has individual rear seats and offers plenty of shoulder room and headroom for both front and rear passengers given the body’s 78.7-inch width and 67.2-inch height. The cabin is a technological tour de force thanks to a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a massive 15-inch curved touchscreen for the infotainment system. In addition, the steering wheel does not have conventional buttons as these have been replaced by touch-sensitive controls.

Besides the two large screens up front, there’s a 9.6-inch display surface mounted in the back between the two seats. It’s neatly integrated in the center console and gives rear-seat passengers the possibility to adjust the seats and climate using touch-sensitive controls in the same vein as the ones on the steering wheel.

As far as technical specifications, the T-Prime Concept GTE rides on the MLB platform that has also underpinned the second-gen Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet of torque (370 newton meters). The combustion engine works together with a 134-hp electric motor integrated in the eight-speed automatic gearbox to enable a combined output of 375 hp (280 kW) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque.

Output is channeled to an all-wheel-drive 4MOTION system featuring a limited-slip differential which is also built into the automatic transmission. With the power of the conventional engine and electric motor combined, the T-Prime Concept GTE will hit 60 mph (96 kph) in six seconds before topping out at 139 mph (223 kph).

In terms of efficiency, VW says the concept will return a combined 87 mpg (NEDC cycle) while in electric mode the 14.1-kWh battery will have enough juice for up to 31 miles (50 km). Once the battery is depleted, a full recharge will take eight hours when using a charging power of 3.6 kW and only two and a half hours from a charging station at a power of 7.2 kW.

The VW T-Prime Concept GTE debuts today at the Beijing Motor Show where it is being displayed alongside the Phaeton-replacing Phideon, a fullsize sedan also riding on the MLB architecture.

Source: Volkswagen

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